Stony Brook Children's Patients Become the Stars During Bedside Musical Performances
Part of a national tour, “Songs for Kids” stops at Stony Brook Children’s
STONY BROOK, NY, July 24, 2013 – Patients at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital became the stars when they joined professional musicians from the Songs For Kids Tour during bedside performances that included folk, pop, and even jazzed up nursery rhymes. Part of a national tour to enrich the lives of children suffering from illness and hardship, the July 22 visit to Stony Brook Children’s brought smiles to patients and their families alike.
Organized by Child Life Specialists at Stony Brook Children’s, the visit included two acoustic guitar-playing musicians who engaged patients at their bedside and played songs the patients wanted to hear. They encouraged them to sing along, and/or play a tambourine or maraca and be part of the music in any way they wished. For the youngest of patients, parents suggested tunes.
Photo Caption: Older patients like Jiana Hall, 10, of Patchogue, selected upbeat tunes and recent hits. Jiana showed off her rhythm skills on tambourine when joining in a rendition of Taio Cruz’s hit song “Dynamite.”
The tour is part of the Songs for Kids Foundation, Inc.>, formed in 2007. The goal of the 2013 tour is to bring music programs to kids in more than 200 children’s hospitals in more than 180 cities by covering 25,000 miles in eight months. So far they have visited more than 100 hospitals covering 19 states, including the visit to Stony Brook Children’s.
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